Kevin Wong proposes a new way of recognising the value of the voluntary sector in supporting offenders and desistance
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The idea is that by commissioning outcomes rather than outputs, commissioners allow provider to work in any way they see fit, safe in the knowledge that if the outcomes are not achieved, they do not have to make payment. But do PbR schemes achieve better outcomes?
Reform argues that the current system does not encourage innovation or quality. Whether provision is public or private it is typically a local monopoly with limited or no incentives to improve performance. Too often national and local commissioners prioritise price over effectiveness.
Most payment by results pilot schemes are targeted at entrenched social problems. These problems – troubled families, long term unemployment, re-offending and drug dependency – are complex by nature. They require a coordinated response which addresses a wide range of issues. PbR funded interventions are a natural commissioning approach to tackle complex problems. However, PbR schemes quickly run into trouble when the outcomes themselves become complex.
Toby Eccles is the founder and Development Director at Social Finance. This post originally appeared on Toby’s personal website. You can follow Toby on Twitter @tobyecc
In this latest in a series of short video interviews on payment by results, Nicola Singleton from the UK Drug Policy Commission gives her views
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The Howard League asks whether we have the right outcomes for re-offending payment by results schemes
In this latest in a series of short video interviews on payment by results, Andrew Neilson, Director of Campaigns at the Howard League for Penal Reform,